Skip to main content

Medical examiner confirms remains found in Stearns County are Matula's

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Police say human remains found near Sartell this weekend are those of Mandy Matula.

As Fox 9 reports, Eden Prairie police say the Ramsey County Medical Examiner has identified the remains as those of the 24-year-old Matula,who had been missing since May.

The Star Tribune reports her father, Wayne Matula, said police told him Mandy was killed by a single gunshot to the head. The body had apparently been buried in a shallow grave which had been disturbed by animals, Wayne Matula told the newspaper. Authorities say a Boy Scout leader who was hiking in Mississippi River County Park on Saturday discovered the remains.

A friend of Matula tells the St. Cloud Times "I'm glad it's done. Now that she's home, she can be put to rest."

In the Pioneer Press' update on Sunday, Matula's brother Steve said"We are planning a funeral and we'll figure out more throughout the week." "Grace Church (in Eden Prairie) is a possibility."

On Sunday morning, WCCO-TV reported that Steven Matula said the family will drive to the park where the remains were found on Monday.

The Star Tribune reports Matula’s class ring was recovered at the scene. Her father said her tattered softball jersey embroidered with her number was found near the remains, according to a report from KARE 11.

The remains were discovered at 2 p.m. Saturday by a hiker in a shallow grave at Mississippi River Park in Rice. The Matula family was notified at 4 p.m. The park has been the focus of searches since she vanished May 1.

Matula was last seen in Eden Prairie with David Roe, with whom she had once had a relationship. Police had contacted him for questioning in the case, but he died after he shot himself May 2, just before investigators could talk to him. Police have said Matula’s blood was found on a jacket in Roe’s vehicle.

Police last month had asked hunters to keep an eye out for clues in the case as they were out in the fields and woods.

Loved ones have tried to keep the search for Matula in the public's view, in part with updates to a Facebook page dedicated to searches for the missing.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 1.58.08 PM

2 ejected, 1 killed in crash that closed southbound I-35

The State Patrol says neither were wearing seat belts.

best buy

Best Buy makes job cuts weeks after warning of soft sales

The Richfield retailer has been dealing with a shift in consumer trends.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 10.26.20 PM

Man makes 'vague comments' about Jewish people, smashes own car with club

It happened at a course that was founded as a Jewish country club 100 years ago.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 9.59.07 PM

4 abandoned puppies found in a bucket in Willmar

The puppies were in good health when they were discovered.

Minneapolis police

Suspect of home invasion, murder in Minneapolis arrested in Wisconsin

There have been 57 deaths reported as homicides in Minneapolis this year.

Carson McCoy

Charges: Man stole handgun from house, fired at motorcyclists from car

A chaotic scene that led to a police chase unfolded after an alleged burglary in Ham Lake.

Mounds view 7 - crime scene

BCA's Uniform Crime Report shows violent crime in MN spiked in 2021

The report details violent crime trends in the seven-county metro and Greater Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 4.49.22 PM

Search for vulnerable man, 66, missing from Brooklyn Park

Alex Ramirez was last seen in the early hours of Thursday morning.

St. Cloud Times

St. Cloud Times writing staff hit by Gannett budget cuts

Mass layoffs were expected at Gannett-owned outlets across the country.

PoolScammerLawsuitAG

Pool company sued by AG for allegedly scamming homeowners out of $1M-plus

According to the lawsuit, 17 Minnesota homeowners were affected by this scam.

Related

Remains discovered are Jacob Wetterling, medical examiner confirms

Jacob Wetterling's remains have been found, nearly 27 years after the boy disappeared, the Stearns County Sheriff's Office confirmed Saturday afternoon.